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Career Paths in Psychology is a must-have resource for students contemplating a career in psychology, for psychologists considering switching between areas of psychology, and for professionals thinking of switching to psychology from another field. In this comprehensive anthology, authors selected for their distinction in their chosen careers offer their professional—and personal—perspectives on 19 different graduate-level careers in psychology.

Few fields of study offer more career opportunities than does psychology, and readers will find thoughtful discussions, leavened with tips and insights gained from personal experience, on the full range, including (to name only a few) academia, clinical psychology, health and school psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and government service. Each chapter discusses the nature of the career, its advantages and disadvantages, how to prepare for it, typical activities, ranges of financial compensation, opportunities for employment, and the personal attributes needed for success in the career. "Day in the life" discussions give readers a glimpse into the prosaic realities, challenges, and rewards of each career that the lab or lecture hall rarely provides.

Reprinted eight times since the publication of the first edition in 1997, Career Paths in Psychology is recognized as the "go-to" sourcebook for anyone seeking a candid portrait of different careers in this ever-changing field. The second edition has been expanded (discussions of five new careers added) and updated to reflect current trends and changes in the field.

Table of Contents




I. Academia

  1. Teaching, Research, and More: Psychologists in an Academic Career
    —Henry L. Roediger, III
  2. Learning About Learning: Psychologists in Schools of Education
    —Robert C. Calfee
  3. Teaching the Managers of Tomorrow: Psychologists in Business Schools
    —Victor Vroom
  4. Working as a Psychologist in a Medical School
    —Elena L. Grigorenko
  5. Coming Full Circle: From Academe to Administration to Academe
    —Sharon Stephens Brehm

II. Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  1. Clinical Psychologists in Independent Practice: Infinite Opportunities
    —Christine H. Farber and Daniel J. Abrahamson
  2. Careers in Child Clinical Psychology
    —Jane Annunziata and Marc Nemiroff
  3. The Diverse and Intriguing Career Opportunities for Counseling Psychologists
    —Melba J. T. Vasquez
  4. Clinical Neuropsychology: Brain–Behavior Relationships
    —Paul L. Craig
  5. Career Experiences of Clinical Psychologists Working in a Hospital
    —Brian P. Daly and Ronald T. Brown

III. A Variety of Organizations

  1. Careers in Public Service: The Intersection of Science and Policy
    —Tamara M. Haegerich and Lynn Okagaki
  2. Scientific Careers in Psychology in Government Service
    —Marc H. Bornstein
  3. Promoting Positive School Environments: A Career in School Psychology
    —Mary Barringer and Adam Saenz
  4. Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology as a Career: Improving Workforce Performance and Retention
    —John Pass
  5. In the Halls of Business: Consulting Psychology as a Career
    —Judith S. Blanton

IV. Diverse Areas of Psychology

  1. Military Psychology: A Dynamic and Practical Application of Psychological Expertise
    —Debra L. Dunivin and M. Victoria Ingram
  2. Health Psychology: Where Psychological, Biological, and Social Factors Intersect
    —Kelly D. Brownell and Peter Salovey
  3. A Psychologist in Managed Care: An Unexpected Career
    —Bruce L. Bobbitt
  4. Improving Test Development, Use, and Research: Psychologists in Educational and Psychological Testing Organizations
    —Wayne J. Camara

Epilogue: Preparing for a Career in Psychology
—Robert J. Sternberg


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